Welcome to the Pentagon Ski Club!


2019-2020 Trips

Our full lineup of trips for the coming winter is now online and available for signups!  Click on the Show details

links to see the particulars for each trip.  Several trips are already wait-listed, but you may click on the icon to Join Waitlist.  There's always the possibility that someone may need to cancel in the coming weeks and months before the trip, or that we'll be able to secure additional space to meet the demand.

Signup/Registration Tips

Please take a moment to read the Trip Signup/Registration Tips.

Each individual must be logged-in with their PSC credentials (email address & password) in order to register (sign up) for a trip.  Before signing up, please take a moment to review your profile including your emergency contact information and (if you're thinking of a trip to Canada or Europe) your passport information.  Make sure your first and middle names exactly match your passport (or whatever ID you'll fly with) so your ticket gets issued correctly.  Then click on the trip's Register button if you're ready to sign up!  Your personal information will be pulled from your profile, and then you will need to select options specific to each trip, for example, what type of lodging you prefer (double occupancy or a single room at extra cost) and what type of lift ticket you want.

Important If you are registering someone other than yourself, you must log out of your own account and then log in with their credentials.  If you skip this step and register them while signed into your own account, their profile information won't convey into their signup record.  This is necessary even with family (bundle) memberships where you are the bundle administrator.

Wait-Listed Trips

Click on the button to Join wait list and we may be able to confirm you on the trip if we have a cancellation, after confirming that you still want to go.  We're also sometimes able to expand a trip to accommodate additional skiers.

Blue Ridge Ski Council

As of August 1, 2019, registration for most of our 2019-2020 ski trips (those that weren't already wait-listed) was opened to members of other ski clubs that are members of the Blue Ridge Ski Council through the "sanctioning" process beginning .  To register for a trip you must first "join" the PSC as a no-cost BRSC member and populate your membership profile. 

Trip Invoice & Initial Deposit

An invoice will be generated for each trip you've registered for.  Each trip includes a payment table listing an initial deposit, one or more interim payments, and a final payment date.  You must pay the initial deposit, and any subsequent interim payments that have or are about to come due, to secure your place on the trip.  Your registration is not confirmed until we receive and acknowledge your deposit.  Payments can be made online with a credit card, or by mailing (or giving) a check to the trip leader.  We can also accept credit card payments at club meetings (and at our picnic!).

Upcoming events

    • Tue, April 28, 2020
    • Thu, May 07, 2020
    • Andalusia, Italy

    CANCELLED due to the COVID-19 virus.

    April 28 - May 7, 2020        $4,645

         SPAIN   

    Andalusia, Córdoba & Granada


    Join the Pentagon Ski Club on a Vermont Bicycle Tour (VBT) to southern Spain. Indulge in the sensory pleasures of Andalusia from its scenic vistas, iconic whitewashed villages, and mountain-ringed countryside to the temptations of gardens, vineyards, and olive groves. On your bike tour through Spain’s sunny south, you’ll explore magnificent palaces, poke through Roman ruins, and pause at local farms for delightful picnics. Feel a refreshing breeze as you pass mountain villages on a downhill glide, and listen for birdlife in a national park. Our carefully curated selection of accommodations ensures that you’ll end each discovery-packed day in comfort and style.




    Space is LIMITED to 22 participants!

    A deposit of $350 is all that is needed to hold your spot!

    Trip Flyer


    Air Package:  April 28 - May 7, 2020

    $4,645 per-person (double-occupancy) from Washington-Dulles.

    Most major airports available.

    Tour Only:  April 30 - May 6, 2020

    Price $3,445 per-person (double-occupancy)

    PSC/BRSC members have exclusive rights to these 22 spaces until September 15.  Don't delay! 

    If you are interested in this trip, register today! 



    The air package includes airfare, airport transfers, one night in Palma del Rio upon arrival, and one night in Grenada after the bicycle tour concludes.


    Custom Air:  With the Air Package, you may customize your dates of travel and extend your vacation, or fly into or home from a non-tour airport – ask the VBT Tour Consultant for more information.


    Bikes:  Hybrid and Road-style bikes are included and electronic-assisted E-bikes are available on a firs-come/limited basis – ask the VBT Tour Consultant for more information.

    Trip Activity Rating is EASY/MODERATE Cycling

    Average Daily Mileage is 18 - 45 miles

    Average Daily Cycling Time is 2 -5 hours

    (Electric-assisted E-bikes are available)


    Also with the VBT Air Package, you may choose to extend your stay with a pre- or post-trip tour.




    Pre-Trip Extenson:  Seville  $545 pp (double occupancy), SS $195

    2 nights hotel and airport transfers




    Post-Trip Extension:  Barcelona  $995 pp (double occupancy), 3 nights hotel, flight from Granada, and airport transfers

    HOW TO REGISTER:

    To register for this trip, signup with the PSC and ALSO call VBT to provide them with your registration information.  A deposit of $350 is required to secure your spot.  Call VBT at 800-245-3868 (option 1) between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm ET Monday to Friday.  Give the VBT agent the GROUP #299283.

    QUESTIONS:

    Email or call your PSC trip leader to express your interest in the trip and if you have any questions.

    Trip Leader:

    Steve Thompson
    stevethompsonva@gmail.com

    1302 Shaker Woods Road
     Herndon, VA 20170
    (703) 862-6535 (c)


    • Wed, May 13, 2020
    • Sat, May 30, 2020
    • Provence, France
    • 0

    CANCELLED due to the COVID-19 virus.

    May 13-30, 2020; ~$5150 est.

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Wed, May 13 - Depart DC to Paris

    Day 2: Thu, May 14 (Nice) - Fly from Paris to Nice; meander and relax. Have dinner

    Day 3: Fri, May 15 (Nice) - Nice on your own. Check out the Musee Matisse and Musee Chagall; walk the Promenades des Anglais and the Quai des E. U.; Visit the Hotel Negresco for coffee; enjoy the morning market or do lunch there; see old Greek archeological site

    Day 4: Sat, May 16 (Nice) - Bus to nearby Monte Carlo; see the casino, the aquarium, the Royal Palace and changing of the guard, the yachts and the harbor and shop. Follow this with dinner (on your own) and then bus back to Nice.

    Day 5: Sun, May 17 (Nice) - In the morning go to Grasse, the perfume capital of tout le monde and do lunch; in the afternoon, see the Gorges du Loop and the French countryside before returning to Nice for dinner


    Day 6: Mon, May 18 (Avignon) - Depart Nice to visit the mountain-top town of Gordes for lunch; in the afternoon go north to the lavender fields and Mt. Ventoux. Go to Avignon for dinner
    Day 7: Tue, May 19 (Avignon) - A lazy day in Avignon, visit the Papal Palace and its museum, walk the famous bridge, shop and dine

    Day 8: Wed, May 20 (Avignon) - Visit Orange, see the amphitheater, go to the market (if open), shop, lunch. In the afternoon we will visit a winery in Chateauneuf du Pape and return to Avignon for dinner
    Day 9: Thu, May 21 (Avignon) - Visit Nimes, see the colliseum, the Carre d’Art, shop, see the city that invented blue jeans (cloth de Nimes = denim), return to Avignon for dinner



    Day 10: Fri, May 22 (Arles) - Depart Avignon for the nature preserve of the Camargue. see the famous white horses and the flamingoes. It’s a nature day followed by going to Arles for check-in and dinner

    Day 11: Sat, May 23 (Arles) - Spend a lazy day in Arles, go to the Foundation van Gogh and surrounding gardens, shop, meander, have lunch and dinner

    Day 12: Sun, May 24 (Arles) - See the famous Pont du Garde Aqueduct and Les Beaux-de-Provence, shop and have lunch. Return to Arles for dinner
    Day 13: Mon, May 25 (Arles) - Visit St. Remy where van Gogh spent time and see the Luberon, known for beautiful nature and old villages. return to Arles for dinner


    Day 14: Tue, May 26 (Aix-en-Provence) - we will leave Arles and visit Marseilles. See the old port, have bouillabaisse for lunch, take a gondola to a castle. Proceed to Aix for dinner
    Day 15: Wed, May 27 (Aix) - Spend the day in the capital of Provence, visit the market, see the Musee de Tapisseries, Cezanne’s study, and the many fountains. Look for the restaurant where the Impressionists paid for food with drawings; have dinner

    Day 16: Thu, May 28 (Aix) - Visit the scenic port town of Cassis for lunch and return to Aix for a probable Farewell Dinner

    Day 17: Fri, May 29 (Paris) - We will take the TGV to Paris for the night This is still TBD and is time-dependent and might be changed to a double flight back to the US

    Day 18: Sat, May 30 - Fly back to the US. Go through customs. Get a cab or a whatever and go home and sleep in your own bed.



    Trip Details: Included - All transportation (flights, private motor coach and train); 3 or 4-Star hotels; Entrance fees; (guided tours TBD); all breakfasts; three dinners (still TBD); all hotel taxes, etc.; luggage handling (1 bag pp).

    Hotels still TBD. All trips have schedule changes (such as where to have dinner) and price for the trip is a good estimate but may change.

    Medical and repatriation insurance is included; Cancellation insurance is not. If you choose the latter on your own, the cost for medical/repatriation will be taken off your final payment. If you choose to get cancellation, the PSC uses Travel Protectors (Myra Altshuler at 703-443-9055). You can, of course, use any other insurance agent/ company

    Single supplement costs are TBD. Deposit for the trip is $1500 and we ask for 4 payments: a $1500 deposit, $1200 due Oct 8, $1200 due Dec 10, and $1250 or the balance on Feb 15. Payment can be made on the website using your credit card or by sending a check made out to Pentagon Ski Club to Susie Pumphrey, 3138 Singleton Circle, Fairfax, VA  22030. 

    Co-Trip Leaders

    Susie Pumphrey
    3138 Singleton Circle

    Fairfax, VA 22030

    wachtraum@msn.com
    (703 )980-3440
    (703) 691-3944
    Peter Porton
    peter.porton@gmail.com
    (703) 471-7791

    • Mon, October 26, 2020
    • Wed, November 11, 2020
    • Vietnam and Cambodia
    Register


    October 26 - November 11, 2020

    $7,735 B category cabin (estimated)

    Extra to upgrade to an A cabin or a suite

    (16 nights, including 7 night river cruise and 8 nights land package)

    The prices are estimated depending of the size of the group.  We have included the air in the cost of this trip, but it is estimated and we'll adjust it accordingly.  Gratuities for the land portion of the trip are not included, but they are included for the river portion. 

    The trip includes:

    6 Nights Land Package including Hanoi, Ha Long Bay (with overnight cruise), flight and tours in Siem Reap and includes daily breakfast. 

    7 Nights Mekong River Cruise with daily meals, shore excursions, ship staff gratuities, complimentary beer, soft drinks, house brand spirits and wine with lunch and dinner. 

    2 Nights Extension in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) at Sofitel Hotel or similar with breakfast and sightseeing tours.  

    Round trip air

    CRUISE FROM : SIEM REAP TO HO CHI MINH CITY

    Cruise along the Mekong through Cambodia and Vietnam as you are transported back in time to another era, where the rhythms of the countryside move at a slower pace and allow for a fascinating glimpse into a traditional way of life. Visit rural villages, colorful markets and a monastery, where you will receive a special Buddhist blessing by monks. Delve into the peaks and valleys of Cambodia’s history in the Royal Palace and National Museums of its beautiful capital, Phnom Penh. Witness skilled artisans who create exquisite handicrafts and delicacies, and be treated to authentic experiences, including rides via oxcart, tut tut and trishaw. On this transformative journey, the Mekong truly reveals a vibrant world along its shores.

    Trip Flyer - AMA Waterways Brochure

    INCLUDED IN THE CRUISE 

    SPACIOUS STATEROOMS

    • 7 nights luxury accommodation in a twin-balcony stateroom
    • Flat-panel screen that features in-house movies
    • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
    • Bottled water replenished daily

    PERSONALIZED SERVICE FROM A HIGHLY TRAINED CRUISE MANAGER DURING BOTH CRUISE AND LAND PROGRAMS

    • Sun deck with pool
    • Fitness room and three spas
    • Saigon Lounge with panoramic views and bar
    • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
    • Daily entertainment including cultural performances

    AWARD-WINNING DINING

    • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
    • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
    • The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
    • Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
    • Unlimited wine with lunch and dinner
    • Complimentary local beer, house-brand spirits and soft drinks during cruise
    • Snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

    A WORLD OF EXPLORATION

    • Immersive tours in every destination
    • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
    • Knowledgeable guides
    • Personal headset for easy exploration
    • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways


    Link to Detailed Itinerary

    Link to Details of the Ship

    Air Schedule (Subject to Change):

    Trip Insurance:  Emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation insurance (not cancellation insurance) is included.  Note that this is not cancellation coverage and will not provide any relief if you have to cancel from the trip before it begins, whether for medical or other reasons.  You may upgrade your coverage to include cancellation coverage by clicking on the link.  It will take you to a flyer describing the options available.  Note that the "Cancel for Any Reason" (CFAR) option must be purchased within 14 days of paying your initial deposit on the trip.

    Membership Requirement:   Your club membership must be current when signing up for the trip and throughout the duration of the trip.  

    Payment Schedule:   

     Initial Deposit
    Interim Payment - TBD  TBD
     $500 TBD  Balance Due


    Trip Leader:   

    Christina Anderson
    gerakisparta@yahoo.com
    5502 Maplefield Place
    Alexandria, VA  22310
    (703) 719-6714 (h)

                                      (703) 489-6171 (c)
    • Thu, April 22, 2021
    • Fri, May 07, 2021
    • Egypt
    Join waitlist

    Join the wait list and we'll confirm you on the trip if we have a cancellation.

    Ancient Egypt and the Nile River

     April 22-May 7, 2021  from $5,195


    In the spring of 2021 the PSC will be going to Egypt. Egypt is a must see for many travelers, and you'll discover it in exceptional depth on this Land/River Cruise Tour.  You'll see the Pyramids of Giza, the tombs of the Pharaohs and the enigmatic Sphinx, but your discoveries won't end there:  you'll gain insight on Egypt's people and their lifestyles. 


    Make your way through an authentic spice market...glimpse the Temple of Dendera, where other Egypt tours rarely stop...and ride a traditional felucca sailboat along the Nile.  You'll cruise the Nile aboard our privately chartered 75-passenger river ship, the Nefertiti.  Onboard you'll enjoy a dining room with convenient, single open seating and crisp linens, panoramic views, and delicious cuisine; an open sun deck; a pool and a shaded bar; and your own private room with the warmth and dedication of our English speaking staff.  Plus, each room has a full private balcony with seating for two - a feature most other Nile ships don't offer.


    On April 22, 2021 we will depart D.C. for Cairo and visit the Egyptian Museum, Fatimid Cairo, Sakkara & Memphis.  We will board our ship in Luxor on the 6th day. We will visit Luxor, Qena, Edfu, Aswan.  Included tours:  Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, Temple of Dendera, Karnak Temple, Temple of Edfu, Temple of Koa, Ombo, Philae,  Aswan High Dam and Abu Simbel.  When we return to Cairo on the 13th day we will visit the Great Pyramids of Giza &  Sphinx and Old Cairo.

    What's included? International airfare, airport transfers, government taxes, fees and airline fuel charges.  Accommodations for 7 nights in Cairo and 7 nights aboard O.A.T.'s privately chartered river ship, the Nefertiti.  35 meals - 14 daily breakfasts, 11 lunches and 10 dinners - includes 2 Home Hosted Meals.  23 guided tours (with personal headsets) and cultural experiences.  Services of our local Trip Experience Leader, gratuities for local motor coach drivers, all port charges, baggage handling for one (1) piece of luggage per person, including tips, visa fees for entrance to Egypt (if you have an airport transfer with us in Cairo).


    Air Schedule - TBD

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    For all trip information click here:  Trip Flyer

    Sign Up Procedures:

    We encourage you to join the waitlist.

    Membership Requirement:  Your club membership must be current when signing up for the trip and throughout the duration of the trip. 

    Insurance:

    The insurance OAT offers is cancel for any reason.  It is a bit costly. As an alternative, we are offering three levels of insurance (including medical only for $25) from Myra Altschuler at Travel Protectors. Her details are on the flyer below and you have to contact her directly - do not send the money to us. We have used her before with success. You can also opt for your own insurance.

    The Travel Protectors: Trip Insurance Flyer

    Trip Leaders: 

    Susie Pumphrey
    wachtraum@msn.com
    3138 Singleton Circle
    Fairfax, VA 22030
    703-691-3944(h)
    703-980-3440(c)

    Peter Porton
    peter.porton@gmail.com
    11918 Moss Point Lane
    Reston, VA 20194
    703-471-7791(h)


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